After going through many dark years due to personal problems and injuries, golf champion Tiger Woods was then able to regain success. In September 2019 he won a major PGA tournament and also played at a high level in the Ryder Cup.
Woods holds 14 Grand Slam titles and is regarded as one of the greatest sportsmen ever, just like 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. The two have known each other for years and Tiger has often enjoyed Federer's victories at the US Open live.
Their relationship, however, has changed a bit in recent times. Golf legend Tiger Woods can identify with the struggles of Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as they each bid to make history in their sport, with time working against them.
Woods on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
"You know, I think it gets harder to win as we all age," Tiger Woods said at Winged Foot ahead of the second of three majors this year. "I think that when you're in your prime, in your peak years, you have to take advantage of those opportunities so that when you get to the all-time marks, you have the opportunity.
I think that whether it's Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer or Serena Williams, they've been so consistent and so dominant for such a long period of time, that's how you get to have those all-time marks. Consistency over a long period of time is the hallmark of those records" - he added.
"I think it's right up there next to Oakmont and I think Carnoustie as far as just sheer difficulty without even doing anything to it," he said. "I think those three golf courses, they can host major championships without ever doing anything to them.
The winning scores here have never traditionally been very low. I don't see that changing this week. The golf course is going to be hard. It depends on how difficult they want to set up these pins, give us a chance at it. But with the forecast, it's going to be difficult no matter what."
Federer has not played since the start of the year and has had to undergo two operations to fix a knee injury this year. Roger Federer admitted earlier this year he considered retirement due to a combination of the injury and coronavirus, but has vowed to play on and go out on his own terms.